I thought Dell might be onto something. Just 10 days after the company accidentally leaked the first consumer focused multi-touch monitor into the world Acer has followed suit with one of its own.
The 'T230H' seems to have the edge over Dell's SX2210T with a larger 23in panel that sports the same two finger input, a Full HD 16:9 1920 x 1080 resolution and 2ms response time, but also a monstrous 80,000:1 contrast ratio. As always take this with a shovel full of salt, but it should certainly match the 1,000:1 rating Dell assigns the SX2210T.
As for connectivity you'll find HDMI and DVI with HDCP, VGA and also USB which needs to be hooked up to a computer to enable the touchscreen functionality. This will be fully compatible with Windows 7's rotate, flip, pinch to zoom, scrolling and draw gestures. Pricing isn't official, but we are hearing reports that it will be in the 349 euro (£310) range and a three year warranty is nailed down.
Interestingly, touchscreen (and even multi-touch) displays seem to be polarising opinion at present with one half greatly enthused and the other half concerned about practicalities (read: grease). I can understand this latter viewpoint, but personally I think the sooner we can all mimic Minority Report, the better...